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WEATHER | Extreme cold warnings blanket the province of Quebec

After an extremely mild month of January, the province is bracing for a blast of arctic air that will move in tonight and last until Saturday. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued extreme cold warnings that covers most of the province with wind chills expected to be between -38 and -42 across the South and -50 across Northern Quebec.

A frozen morning in Montreal. (Daniel J. Rowe/CTV News)

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Quebec launches new information tool to monitor province's emergency rooms

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube announced the launch of a new information tool designed to provide the public with a more accurate picture of the situation in the province's hospital emergency rooms. The tool is still in the running-in phase, according to the Minister in a press release. Nevertheless, some indicators are already available at Quebec.ca/SituationUrgences.

Quebec's efforts to hire nurses from abroad falling short

After failing to recruit hundreds of orderlies internationally, Francois Legault's government is now dangling the same solution to the nursing shortage. If the past is any indication of the future, the chances are slim that Quebec will see thousands of professional nurses coming to the rescue of the health-care system.

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Magic mushroom dispensaries are popping up in cities across Canada, with customers ranging from those looking for treatment for depression or PTSD to people wanting to 'micro-dose' a small amount of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms. But while the situation is in some ways reminiscent of when cannabis retailers set up shop before marijuana was legalized in 2018, Health Canada says there are no plans to legalize or decriminalize psilocybin products.

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